Free the nipple is an important social movement which has been causing a lot of controversy lately in the media. Scout Willis was snapped walking down a busy New York street wearing no shirt. Why? Because she wanted to make a point about women’s breasts: they are not sexual unless you allow them to be!

There have been far too many stories about women who are breastfeeding in public across the United States, who are subsequently told to “cover up” or go elsewhere private because it is offensive to some people. Yet celebrities like Rihanna who wore a fishnet see-through dress to the CFDA awards was praised for her “fashion forward” and bold statement.

There is something wrong with the society we live in when an Australian woman who is a breast cancer survivor posts her mastectomy photos on Facebook and has them taken down because they were violating the social media’s privacy policy.

Earlier this week Facebook made a landmark decision to change their policy and allow photos of breastfeeding moms, and breast cancer survivors chests, even if another fully exposed breast is also in the picture.

Talk show host Wendy Williams publicly declared she doesn’t want to see women breastfeeding in public, which we think is a gross misuse of her power and influence over so many women.

We at GTHQ think photos of moms breastfeeding and women who have had a mastectomy and survived breast cancer can only serve to empower other women who need a little encouragement to embrace their own bodies.

Think of the immense power Angelina Jolie gave other women to make their health a priority after she wrote a piece in the New York Times about her elective mastectomy. While we may not all be celebrities, social media is our everyday platform to spread positive messages, start important conversations and encourage one another.

Youtuber Laci Green who often vlogs on topics about feminism and sex said in a video that in 2013, over 700 bills were proposed to Congress which outlined the regulation of a woman’s body in some manner. In comparison, there were ZERO for men. Shouldn’t that say something about the way women’s bodies are perceived in mainstream America?

It’s time we stop putting breastfeeding photos and mastectomy photos in the same category as regular photos of nudity. These are very normal and serious parts of a woman’s life and should not be demoralized and viewed as offensive by any governing body. Far too often people confuse their own personal preference with what they think the law should be.

Free The Nipple movement has proven that we are too ready to regulate and oppress women’s bodies without looking a little deeper and differentiating whether it is necessary or not.

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